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Solingen is a municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the northern edge of the region called Bergisches Land, south of the Ruhr area. In 2005, the population of the city was 163,923. Solingen is called the City of blades, since it has long been famous for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and other cutlery made by famous firms such as Wusthof, Zwilling and numerous other manufacturers. In the latter part of the 17th century, a group of swordsmiths from Solingen broke their guild oaths by taking their sword-making secrets with them to Shotley Bridge, County Durham in England, an ideal area, due to its iron reserves and the proximity of the River Derwent.
Solingen was first mentioned in 1067 by an editor. The main sights include Schloss Burg, the fort of the counts of Berg, Klosterkirche, church, Deutsches Klingenmuseum, German Blade Museum, presenting swords and cutlery of all epochs and Mungstener Brucke, a railroad bridge connecting Solingen with the neighbour town of Remscheid. Standing at 107 meters above the ground, it is the highest railroad bridge of Germany. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.         

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